Wadena-Deer Creek junior Kira Sweeney added another top five finish to her resume when she came in second at the annual Bagley Invitational on Sept. 17 helping the Wolverines to a fifth place finish as a team in Bagley.
In her last three races, Sweeney has a pair of wins and a second place finish. She has yet to finish lower than third in a race during the season. She has helped the Wolverines climb up the standings during the season. The Wolverines finished with 117 points for fifth place at the Bagley Invitational.
Pequot Lakes finished first with 55 points, while East Grand Forks came in second with 84 points. Pelican Rapids was third with 101 points, followed by International Falls with 114 points. Wadena-DC and United North Central finished fifth, but Wadena-DC had the tiebreaker with Macy Goeden finishing ahead of the sixth runner from UNC.
Pequot Lakes Calia Chaney finished with a time of 20:09.3 for top honors. Sweeney came in second with a time of 20:19.1, while Pequot Lakes Rian Zutter finished third at 20:55.2. Thief River Falls' Jerzie Finstad came in fourth place at 21:08.9, while Hawley's Lily Peterson came in fifth at 21:17.9.
Ally Pavek was the second Wadena-DC runner to cross the finish line. She finished in 26th place with a time of 23:31.2. Pavek was followed by Johanna Brunsberg, who finished in 32nd place with a time of 24:01.5.
Wadena-DC's Emma Ries finished in 47th place overall with a closing time of 24:45.3. Following Ries across the finish line was Emma Mehl, who finished with a time of 25:47.1 for 57th place. Macey Goeden came in with a time of 26:23.7 for 62nd spot and held the tie-breaker for Wadena-DC when she bested the sixth runner from United North Central.
Hailey Peterson finished in 66th place at 26:31.3, while Amber Collins came in at 26:44.5. Emma Bushinger finished with a time of 27:37.5 for 77th place.
The Wolverines return to action at the nation's biggest race when they compete at the Milaca Mega Meet in Milaca on Sept. 21.